CALUM HODGSON, cheesemonger at Sabato, shares a current favourite.
KAIKOURA CHEESE WAS launched five years ago after its founders, Daniel and Sarah Jenkins, had a cheese epiphany while rock climbing in France’s Gorges du Verdon. The company was shoved into life care of the Christchurch earthquake, with Daniel, Sarah and their children among many young families to leave the city in the wake of the 2011 disaster.
They moved to Kaikōura and bought three Saanen milking goats, which Sarah took care of while Daniel tuned into the cheesemaking vibe, both working instinctively and asking the neighbours for help. A lot of cheese was thrown out in the process, but they’ve now found their groove and are riffing out more complex goat cheeses from the small dairy factory they’ve created to accommodate “the band”.
When emotions are heightened from major events, it’s a good time to get creative and interpret what’s going on around you. In the wake of last year’s Kaikōura earthquake, the Kaikoura Cheese team got together and formed a new cheese to express the mood of the town. The result is Love and Fury, a young, pasteurised Jersey cow’s milk, lactic-set cheese with flavour profiles of tangy yoghurt and warm butter. Lactic, crumbly and screaming for booze. Nothing can prepare you for the flavour you will experience from this cheese, as nothing could prepare team Kaikoura for what has happened to them over the past year. Daniel and Sarah Jenkins from Kaikoura Cheese are NZ cheese rock stars. sabato.co.nz